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Where did the Scottish Writt family come from? What is the Scottish Writt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Writt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Writt family history?The Writt surname is thought to come from the ancient Scottish-English border region, where the people called the Boernicians once lived. It is a name for a carpenter. The surname Writt is a derivative of the Old English word wyrhta, which means a worker or, in specific, a woodworker, carpenter, craftsmen of watermills or windmills. In medieval rolls, the name was often Latinized as Faber.
Before the printing press and the first dictionaries appeared, names and other words were often spelled differently every time they were written. Writt has appeared under the variations Wright, Right, Write, Wrighte and others.
First found in Berwickshire, where the Writt family held a seat from ancient times. Some of the earliest records include Ralph Wright, burgess of Stirling, and Thomas Wright of Blakenhall in Lanarkshire, who rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296, on his brief conquest of Scotland.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Writt research. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1342, 1734, 1795, 1797, and 1852 are included under the topic Early Writt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 32 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Writt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Writt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The Scots who crossed the Atlantic were often on the run from poverty as well as persecution. They brought little with them, and often had nothing of their home country to hand down to their children. In the 20th century, Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Boernician Scots to recover their lost national legacy. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Writt were among those contributors:
Writt Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Deserve.
The Writt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Writt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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